PHOTOGRAPHS OF LISA'S RESEARCH
Lohiatala, Maluku, Eastern Indonesia (1995)
Processing sagu for food from the starchy pith the sago palm
Metroxylon sp. PALMAE
The sago pith is crushed and washed
the filtered juice is left to dry in
the sun for a few days to be packed into cakes for long term storage for a wide variety of
Papeda, has a texture similar to Hawaiian poi
and a gentle tang to it. Papeda is the favored starch in Maluku, along with rice.
It is a fine counter balance to all the spicy, rich, and salty foods that make up a meal.
The grubs that feast on
the pith of the sago palm are themselves eaten by Lohiatala residents, as rich and fatty
as a peripatetic pads of butter.
A meal of tumeric rice, shaved
coconut, salted fish, tempe, tofu, swamp cabbage (Ipomoea aquatica, a
soporific!) and ferns...toothsome grinds.
This is my host's kitchen and the make
shift drying rack for plant specimens
Katok (Phyllanthus sp.,
EUPHORBIACEAE. Eaten for its galactagogue properties by nursing mothers
debilis is used in a few compound medicines to treat malaria, jaundice, and bengkak.
East Kalimantan, Borneo (1994)
Upper Bahau, Kalimantan
Kenyah Dayak healer
(traditional healer) of East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
kucing, Cat's Whiskers, used for a
variety of bladder and kidney ailments.
Plant remedies and commercial products of Java (1991)
Some of the spices featured in traditional and
commercial jamu remedies and tonics.
Jamu being sold at a market in Sumatera.
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